Awards aim to laud top teaching

2018-06-27 06:00

Educators in the Free State are encouraged to enter this year’s National Teaching Awards (NTA), which rewards them for their invaluable contribution to nation building and shaping the society.

The NTA seeks to reward hard-working, excellent teachers, and to promote best teaching practices.

According to the provincial Department of Basic Education, last year’s entries were far below expectation; hence teachers are encouraged to enter in large numbers this year.

According to the MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe, the contribution of teachers has been outstanding, based on the achievement by the province of being the overall best performer in the matric results in the country in 2013, 2016 and 2017.

There are 13 categories in which teachers can be nominated.

As far as the NTA goes, the catagories are: Excellence in Gr. R Teaching, Excellence in Primary School Teaching, Excellence in Secondary School Teaching, Excellence in Special Needs Teaching, Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (FET), Excellence in Teaching Physical Sciences (FET), Excellence in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning, Excellence in Primary School Leadership, Excellence in Secondary School Leadership and the category for the awarding of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Provincial Teaching Awards are also presented for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (Primary Schools) and Excellence in Teaching Natural Sciences (Gr. 7).

Finally, the MEC’s Special Award is presented for excellence in teaching English in primary schools that converted to English as Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT).

Teachers who win at district level will compete at provincial level. The winners will then move to national level.

Last year, four teachers from the Free State scooped national awards. The recipients were Bongane Mokoena, Thabo Sithole, Lesedi Mabusela and Sara Motsitsi.

Motsitsi, who taught at the Reseamohetse Primary School in Theunissen, emerged as the overall winner in the Excellence in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning category.

Mokoena obtained second position in excellence in teaching Mathematics. He teaches at the Kgolathuto Secondary School in Qwaqwa.

Sithole, who placed second in the Excellence in Teaching Physical Sciences category works at the Lere la Thuto Secondary School in Zastron.

Mabusela obtained a third place in excellence in Gr. R teaching. She teaches at the Leretlhabetse Primary School in Koffiefontein.

Nominations for the awards will close on 31 July. Nomination forms are available at www.edu.gov.za, at district offices and at schools.

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